I beg you- do not make Leftover Turkey Casserole ever Again.
This easy, creamy, Leftover Turkey Stew will become your new “go-to” recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat. My family loved this leftover turkey stew so much I made a second batch the very next day! Paired with some great dinner rolls, this stew will be hoovered up by all. Say goodbye to dry turkey leftovers sitting in your fridge! This recipe is super simple and easy to follow. It’s amazing to me how chicken broth, fresh herbs, and cream can give dry, leftover turkey brand new life!
Creamy Leftover Turkey Stew tastes better than Thanksgiving dinner.
Somehow, every fall, we end up with not one, not two, but THREE frozen turkeys to cook for Thanksgiving. Do I cook all of them at the same time? Hekkin’ no way! I can’t stand dry turkey, and we could never eat that much at once. But my family loves this recipe for Creamy Leftover Turkey Stew sooooo much that they buy extra frozen turkeys so that I can make lots and lots and lots of stew all winter long. It’s that good.
This recipe is even better when made with turkey meat that is moist and flavorful. I like to brine, then butterfly my turkey to help it roast faster and more evenly. My other favorite way is to brine then smoke our turkey on our pellet grill.
What to do with leftover Turkey Breast?
Cooked turkey breast will last in the refrigerator for 3 days. If you have brined your turkey, it will last longer, about 4-5 days, as the salt helps to inhibit bacteria growth. Cooked Turkey properly stored in a freezer will last up to 6 months. Be sure to press as much air out of the freezer bags as possible to avoid freezer burn ice crystals from forming on the meat. Also, it’s a great idea to shred that meat first before freezing. It will thaw out more quickly. I throw big chunks of meat into my KitchenAid stand mixer with the paddle attachment and it shreds meat like a pro kitchen appliance should!
Browning = flavor. Don’t forget it! Important cooking lesson right there. Taking time to cook the onion and celery in butter until it begins to brown will build in some great flavors for creamy leftover turkey stew. Also adding in the garlic 30 seconds before adding the broth will ‘bloom’ its flavor and get rid of raw garlic taste. When adding in the liquids, be sure to scrape all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan up into the broth as well.
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If the budget won’t allow for a Le Creuset just yet, I recommend this 7 Quart enamel-coated Tramontina dutch oven for starters; it does the job nicely for this recipe.
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- KitchenAid Diamond Vortex 5-Speed Blender The best bang for your buck when it comes to blenders. I’ve had mine for 7 years now!
- All-Clad D3 stainless steel professional grade saute pan I promise your food will taste better just using this pan!
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- OXO Good Grips 9-inch locking tongs
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- KitchenAid Gourmet meat tenderizer mallet– I use this on all boneless chicken breast meat I buy at the store, they are just way too thick to cook evenly without being pounded.
- OXO Silicone spatula– Essential for stirring pan sauces and perfect scrambled eggs
- 10-inch copper nonstick frying pan Essential for cooking fish, eggs, shrimp or
- KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer
- All American Pressure Canner 21 quart size starter kit
Once you’ve added the broth, add cream, potatoes and freshly chopped herbs (if possible, but subbing in dried is ok too). Cook covered, for about 10 minutes, then add in thinly sliced carrots. Cook for another 5-8 minutes until the carrots are soft and remove from heat. Season to taste, stir in your shredded leftover turkey and some fresh parsley and get ready to chow down on some Creamy Leftover Turkey Stew goodness!
This hearty, creamy stew is so savory and delicious, you’ll wonder where this recipe for leftover turkey has been all your life! I hope you and your family thoroughly enjoy it.
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